Cripple Creek Mining Field Trip, Aug. 9
Cripple Creek, CO 80813
Trip Date: August 9, 2020
In an abundance of caution, we have decided to remove the tours of the Newmont Mine and the Mollie Kathleen Mine from this trip. The new itinerary for the trip is below. In order to limit the number of people in the group but still provide as many people as we can the opportunity to attend, we are offering the same trip on two days, Saturday August 8th and Sunday August 9th. Please register only for the day you would like to attend.
We plan to run the trip as originally planned in 2021.
Meeting Point: The Cripple Creek Heritage Museum, 9283 S Highway 67, Cripple Creek, CO 80813.
Trip Leader: Gary Curtiss, retired Project Manager for the Colorado Dept. of Natural Resources.
The Revised Cripple Creek/Victor Mine Trip
Much of Colorado’s mineral wealth was discovered between 1859 and the 1870s along the Colorado Mineral Belt, a southwest trending zone of fracturing and igneous intrusions that stretches from Boulder to Durango. Metals including gold and silver were deposited along this belt during the Laramide Orogeny. The Cripple Creek District is, however, Colorado’s greatest and perhaps most unique gold producing district. Since the discovery of gold at Cripple Creek in 1891, the district has produced over 25 million ounces of gold, about half of Colorado’s total production of 45 million ounces.
During this one-day trip, we will see examples of historic and contemporary mining methods including a handful of the most famous and productive historic mines in the Cripple Creek District. We will find out how the early prospectors prospected and discovered gold and how it was mined. And, we will see the active Cresson Mine open pit and valley leach system, operated by Cripple Creek & Victor Mining Co. (CC&V) owned by Newmont Corporation.
The trip will be run by Gary Curtiss, retired Project Manager for the Colorado Department of Natural Resources and a local expert on the geology and mining in the Cripple Creek District. Gary worked as an exploration geologist (coal and metals) and as a consulting geologist before working for the Abandoned Mine Reclamation and Permitting programs for the State of Colorado.
Attire: Some walking surfaces will be rocky and long pants (no shorts) and closed-toe shoes (no sandals) are recommended. Day time highs for Cripple Creek typically vary from the high 50s to the mid-70s. Afternoon thunderstorms are common.
This trip will abide by the State of Colorado Outdoor Recreation guidelines with respect to public health and social distancing. We ask that you read and understand the requirements for participants before registering.